All Star Classic brings AHL, Swedish hockey stars to St. John's

It's a big week for hockey fans in St. John's
Members of the visiting Farjestad BK team, from the Swedish Elite League, practise at Mile One Centre in St. John's.

It's a big week for hockey fans in St. John's, and the city itself.

Over the next two nights, the best of the American Hockey League will face off against Farjestad BK, one of the top teams from the Swedish Elite League at Mile One Centre.

Events kicked off Monday night at the convention centre with a welcoming reception called Taste of Newfoundland and Labrador.

St. John's native John Slaney will be inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame during a ceremony Wednesday morning at the city's convention centre. ((CBC))

Tuesday night, it's the skills competition followed by the AHL's Hall of Fame ceremony Wednesday morning, during which St. John's native John Slaney will be inducted.

That will be followed by the big game Wednesday night at Mile One.

For St. John's IceCaps president and CEO Danny Williams, the timing for showcasing the city and its venues to visiting AHL and NHL brass couldn't be better.

The IceCaps parent team, the Winnipeg Jets, is planning to move its farm team to Thunder Bay, Ont. after next season, and Williams says he'll be looking for a replacement.